Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use the Satin Layer Style in Photoshop



The Satin Layer Style can be used to simulate light casting on a metal or glass surface. Satin is one of many Layer Styles found in Photoshop.

To demonstrate the Satin effect, we'll start with a predefined Layer Style and customize it to meet our needs.


Step One

Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.

Step Two

Select the Text tool, click the workspace and add some dark gray text.

Step Three

Select the Text layer in the Layers palette and open the Styles panel (Window > Styles).

Step Four

Open the Styles panel pull-down menu and choose Web Styles. Click OK to import the new Layer Styles library.

Step Five

With the Text layer selected, click the Gun Metal Warm icon in the top row of the Styles panel. Notice that the the new Layer Style was added to the Text layer.

Step Six

The Layer Style includes Bevel & Emboss, Stroke, Inner Glow, Satin and Gradient Overlay. Double-click Bevel & Emboss to open the Layer Styles dialog box, Bevel & Emboss section.

Step Seven

Increase the Depth to 300% and drop the Shadow Opacity to 50%.

Step Eight

Click the Satin heading to open the it's options.

Step Nine

Set the Blend Mode to Multiply and click the Color Rectangle to set the color to a muted dark tan.

Step Ten

Slowly pull the Size slider from 54 to 10 and watch the reflections appear on your letters.

Step Eleven

Once you are satisfied with all your adjustments, click OK.

Adding More Contrast

To increase the contrast in your texture, try increasing the opacity slider.

Copy/Paste Layer Styles

To duplicate a layer style, select the source style layer, choose Layer > Layer Style > Copy. Select the target layer and choose Layer > Layer Style > Paste.